Few quick pointers needed.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Zuplar, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Zuplar macrumors regular

    Zuplar

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    ok so i recently switch to a MacBook, and i'm just trying to figure somethings out that i still don't get. can someone explain what the difference between the features duplicate, copy, and alias? also is there no way to cut something and paste it else where, like a folder, like you can do in windows? thanks ahead of time.
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

    QuarterSwede

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    Cut in Finder is indeed absent (something most Mac users would like added).

    Duplicate: Finder makes an exact copy of a file and put said file in the same location as the old one.

    Alias: Like a much more powerful shortcut. If I remember correctly, an alias points to the file location on the hard drive so no matter where you move the file in your folder hierarchy the link always works. More can be done with aliases than with shortcuts (ie. put aliases in your burn folder and the actual files they are pointing to get burned NOT the aliases. Great for saving hard drive space because you only need one instance of a file).
     
  3. Zuplar thread starter macrumors regular

    Zuplar

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    ok so what about copy? it sounds like it would do the same thing as duplicate.
     
  4. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

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    AFAIK, copy puts the file on your clipboard, so you can paste it to another folder. The difference between this and cut-&-paste is that you then have to go back to the original file and delete it (if you want to). Duplicate makes a duplicate of the file in the same location as the original.
     
  5. Zuplar thread starter macrumors regular

    Zuplar

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    so in a way copy and duplicate do the same thing, just copy puts it on the clipboard, and duplicate makes the new copy right there.
     

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